Russian hockey coach Andrei Nazarov will be named the next head coach of the recently demoted Kazakhstan national team in late August at the next Kazakhstan Hockey Federation meeting.
The current Barys Astana boss, who spent last season on top of the Donbass Donetsk bench before the club was forced to sit out the upcoming season due to political unrest in Ukraine, recently terminated his contract with the Ukraine national team. Astana replaces Ari-Pekka Selin on both the Barys and Kazakhstan benches following the Selin’s firing back in June. Kazakhstan will compete in 2015 World Division I Group A Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine this coming April after Selin was unable to keep his team featuring 15 players from Barys Astana in the top group.
Nazarov was drafted 10th overall by the San Jose Sharks back in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft but would have limited offensive success during his career. While playing for San Jose, Tampa Bay, Calgary, Anaheim, Boston, Phoenix and Minnesota, Nazarov recorded 53 goals and 124 points in 571 career games. Perhaps his most famous career moment came after his playing career, when the former Vityaz Chekhov coach was hit with a two-match ban for grabbing a stick and slashing it wildly into a stand full of angry spectators.
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